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THIS IS DICKENS AS YOUíVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE! Following the hugely successful tour of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, European Arts Company are fast gaining a reputation as the premier exponents of quality drama that is inventive, highly physical and painfully funny! And this latest production of The Pickwick Papers at The Coliseum in Aberdare on Thursday 12 March at 7.30pm, is no different.

Expect duelling, elopement, bribery, fisticuffs, mistaken identity, near drowning, and finally, imprisonment for debt! This is the orignial and ultimate roadtrip – funny, intriguing, imaginative.

Follow the haphazard and often farcical journey of Samuel Pickwick and a host of well-loved characters including Sam Weller, Mr Jingle, Nathaniel Winkle, Mrs Bardell and The Fat Boy on their weird and wonderful ‘perambulations, perils, travels and adventures’ throughout the country.

This is a totally unique and thrilling production – it will draw you in, capture you, and enthrall you, as audience member Gordon Evans explains after experiencing the company’s prduction of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’,

"I have just returned home having spent the evening at the Coliseum, Aberdare, experiencing the BRILLIANT performance and production of Dorian Gray. I feel I just had to acknowledge and congratulate the director, producer and cast for a truly enjoyable event. This production deserves to be accepted as one of the best of its kind.’

He continues, ‘Thank you so much for a most memorable evening and good luck and fortune with your future productions."

European Arts Company is a national and international touring theatre company whose first touring production was a double-bill of Harold Pinter's 'The Dumb Waiter' & 'The Lover' on a British Council sponsored tour of Greece in 2002.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength, performing all over the UK, Greece and Italy with works by Oscar Wilde, John Buchan, Anton Chekhov and John Osborne. It has developed a reputation for producing quirky classics with great imagination and a highly physical style.

In July 2008 the company was invited to move into The Hazlitt Arts Centre in Maidstone which is now its creative base. The company is about to embark on a No.1 tour of Italy with 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, their third collaboration with Il Palchetto Stage.

After huge audience critical acclaim for the production of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Cultural Services are delighted to invite the company back to The Coliseum, and are thrilled to be co-producing the production and the 9 date tour of Wales and England.

The Pickwick Papers is a Rhondda Cynon Taf Theatres co-production (Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Cultural Services Department) with European Arts Company, and supported by the Arts Outside Cardiff ACW/WAG production fund, Creu Cymru Inventive Promoter Scheme trhrough funds from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Tickets for this outstanding evening of drama, as part of the act8 drama season at the Cultural Services venues, are just £9.00 (concessions £7.00). Call The Coliseum Box Office now on 01685 881188.
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